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Simple Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto

Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto - a simple recipe made quickly with fresh spinach, toasted pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and parmesan. Delicious tossed with pasta or over grilled chicken.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 mins


  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • salt


  • Combine the spinach, pine nuts, garlic and lemon juice in a food processor. Lightly pulse. With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil, blending until the mixture is creamy.
  • Add the parmesan and pulse.
  • Season with salt to taste.


To toast pine nuts in a skillet: Heat a pan to medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Add the pine nuts to the pan and heat, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes; transfer to a plate to cool.